It seems like every winter we have an "ice event" of some sort here in Northwest Arkansas, but this time, it was a major storm. Luckily our weatherman knew it was coming, so people were as prepared as they could be. Except for those last minute people who were at Wal-Mart and other grocery stores when the freezing rain started! Chris said it was a madhouse when he left at 4:00.
Monday afternoon we started having freezing drizzle and it continued overnight and all day Tuesday morning we had hard freezing rain with occasional sleet. Finally around 6 or so it switched over to light snow. We were without power for a few hours Tuesday and are fortunate that's been all. I think the fact that Siloam Springs owns their utilites makes getting power outages fixed quicker, since they only have to take care of Siloam. Needless to say school is out, so we have been just hanging out at the house. Our power outage was during the day, so we had light to see. We kept busy coloring, making clay figures, doing the dancing mat, playing Operation and just talking. Kristin and I went out a couple of times today just exploring. Trees and branches are down everywhere. My beautiful redbud tree only has one small limb down so I'm hoping it will be ok.
I have been keeping myself busy by doing some good cleaning...today I took everything out of the fridge and gave it a good scrub. I even took all the shelves out, put them in the sink and washed them down. Maybe tomorrow it will be the bedroom closet....
Kristin has her appointment with the ENT next Tuesday afternoon. She's been coughing a lot and is still running a fever off and on, so I'm anxious to get her to the doctor.
I went back to work today for part of the day...since school was out again, we didn't have many kids. I used the morning to do some cleaning, put out new work and get lesson plans ready for next week. Ice is falling all over the place...our playground looks like a warzone...as Kristin would say, "The town looks terrible!" There are still people without power in Siloam and some in other towns may not have power back for a month. Even though we were home most of the week, it seems like it has been the longest week ever!